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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

House Democrats Elect New Leadership

 

Salt Lake City- House Democrats elected new leadership tonight, choosing Representative Brian King from House District 28 as Minority Leader, Representative Rebecca Chavez Houck from House District 24 as Minority Whip, Representative Joel Briscoe from House District 25 as Minority Assistant Whip, and Representative Patrice Arent from House District 36 as Minority Caucus Manager.

 

Newly elected Leader Representative King said, “The people of Utah need to know what Democrats stand for, what we believe in. Our values are Utah values. Our children are our priority. Keeping Utah beautiful for them, giving them clean air to breathe, and making sure their education is top notch is what we strive for. We will work to provide them with opportunities in business, access to healthcare, a livable wage, and to be self-reliant. Our voice and our team are spirited and strong – we will stand for these values.”

 

Outgoing Leader Representative Jennifer Seelig said, “The caucus is incredibly strong. I am so proud to have served with these people, and I know they will all work their hardest for Utah.”

 

The new leadership team will officially begin their service on January 1st, 2015.

 

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Demand Action on Campaign Finance Reform

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

House Democrat Demands Action on Campaign Finance Reform

 

Salt Lake City- Democratic Representative Brian King called again for campaign finance reform in state politics today during the Interim Governmental Operations Committee meeting this afternoon.

 

Representative King said, “It’s time. Utahns are sick and tired of their interests being passed over in favor of the highest bidder. We need to return to being of the people, and the best way to do that is to limit the amount of cash poured into these races. People who vote need to know that their vote counts, that it matters, and that their elected officials are there to represent them, no one else. If we want to increase community participation, the process needs to have some integrity.”

 

Representative King’s bill would limit political action committees, corporations, labor organizations, and individuals on how much they can donate to races from school board to political parties. The bill is also indexed to inflation, and would clarify sources of revenue for candidates and other organizations. The 2014 General Session version of this bill failed the house by only three votes.

 

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Firing Squad an Option in Utah?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Utah Death Penalty Plan B is Unreasonable

 

Salt Lake City- Democratic Representative Mark Wheatley opposed a bill that would create a firing squad as a back up to lethal injection forms of the death penalty.

 

Representative Wheatley said, “This solves nothing. We are going backward here, in Utah, when we should be making progress. This is not a proactive approach, this is reactionary. We are not proposing real solutions, we are hiding behind outdated and ineffective policies.”

 

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Election Day Voter Registration to Help Seniors as well as Young Adult Voter Turnout

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Election Day Voter Registration to Help Seniors as well as Young Adult Voter Turnout

 

Salt Lake City- Election Day Voter Registration in five Utah counties is projected to help voters of all ages participate in Tuesday’s electoral process. The pilot program, passed during the 2014 legislative session, allows potential Utah voters to provide identification and cast a provisional ballot if they find they are not properly registered in their area.

 

House Democratic Assistant Whip, Representative Rebecca Chavez Houck, authored the legislation and has been championing its potential benefit to increase voter participation in a state where turnout for elections is regularly low. She said, “Providing this failsafe is so important to promoting future participation of new Utah voters. For me, voting is the most intimate and impactful means of articulating your authentic voice in how your government is run.”

 

During this year’s primary elections, Election Day voter registration in Salt Lake County helped a striking number of voters over 70 years old, beat only by voters age 18 – 25. Potential voters in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Kane, and Sanpete counties can take an up-to-date driver’s license with their current address, Utah state issued ID, or other primary forms of ID to their polling place, request a provisional ballot and vote. The vote will be counted in the final canvass, after eligibility has been established. If a voter’s identification does not have their current address, they will be required to provide two forms of secondary ID.

 

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Representatice Rebecca Chavez Houck Recognized by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014

  

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:  Olga de la Cruz, SVP of Business Development

Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

1635 S. Redwood Rd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Phone:     801-532-3308

Email:      olga@utahhcc.com

Date:        October 16, 2014

 

 

 

UHCC WOMEN’S BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Leadership Presence: Courage & Confidence as Women Leaders 

Salt Lake City – October 16, 2014 - The Utah Hispanic Chamber of

Commerce (UHCC) is proud to invite you to join us at the UHCC Annual

Women’s Leadership Conference taking place on Tuesday, October 21. The

conference will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center located at

1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119.

 

The Women’s Business Leadership Conference is Utah’s premiere

professional business development event for Hispanic women, attracting more than 250 business owners, executives and community leaders. The

mission of this half-day conference is to empower women business owners and professionals by providing the necessary resources and tools to further

women in business and improve their lives.

 

Themed “Leadership Presence: Courage & Confidence as Women Leaders,”

the annual conference will feature speakers for a morning of inspiration,

empowerment, education, trade and networking. Topics include, paths to

building success, business planning, managing finances, and entrepreneurship.

 

For the first time, awards will recognize two Latinas in the community

including, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Community Trailblazer Award and Viola Tovar, Owner of La Puente Restaurant, Business Excellence Award.

 

The UHCC Annual Convention has featured a Women’s Breakfast however,

due to its success and the surge of Latina owned businesses, the event has

grown to be a stand-alone event.

The UHCC Women’s Leadership Conference is presented by Goldman Sachs

10,000 Small Businesses. It is also generously sponsored by Wells Fargo,

Ken Garff, Chrysler, Jeep Dodge, Ram of West Valley; State Farm Agent Mary

Jose Smith, Rocky Mountain Power, Allstate, MFG Law, Morgan Stanley and

General Distributing Company.

 

“The conference provides motivation, education and inspiration for women in

our community; it is also an enticement for women to take control of their

future,” said Yvonne Hogle, Chair of the UHCC Women’s Business Leadership Conference Committee and General Counsel for Rocky Mountain Power. “By providing education, business tools and resources we are only enhancing the

talents and abilities of Latinas in Utah, through this event we will assist

hundreds of women business owners and professionals to reach their full

business potential. We are proud to be a part of this wonderful and

productive conference.”

 

To register or learn more about the UHCC Women’s Business Leadership

Conference, visit our website at www.uhccwomensconference.com <http://

www.uhccwomensconference.com> or visit our Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/uhcc <http://www.facebook.com/uhcc>. For media

credential contact Jesica Rodriguez at jesica@utahhcc.com or call

801-532-3308.

 

About the UHCC: The Chamber was established in 1991 with a handful of

individuals who had a vision for diversity in commerce. Since then, the UHCC

has experienced significant growth and accomplishments. The UHCC has

become the largest ethnic chamber in Utah with 56 corporate sponsors, 350

affiliates and a network reaching over 11,000 individuals. The UHCC is an

influential organization representing the interest of more than 10,000

Hispanic businesses in our State. It is the voice and advocate of Hispanic

Businesses in Utah and plays a key role in coordinating and defining

common goals for the relationships between Hispanic business, community

and government.

 

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Deseret News does a great job covering reactions from SCOTUS

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865612533/Calls-for-civility-accompany-same-sex-marriage-action.html

The Deseret news did a great job highlighting the reactions of various leaders across the state after the stay was lifted on the marriages of same sex couples. Check out the article above to see how House Democrats responded.

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House Democrats Celebrate the Recognition of Utah Families, Encourage Others to Do the Same

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

House Democrats Celebrate the Recognition of Utah Families, Encourage Others to Do the Same

 

Salt Lake City – Utah House Democrats issued a statement today following the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Herbert v. Kitchen, effectively validating same sex marriage by upholding the 10th circuit court’s decision.

 

Representative Jennifer Seelig, House Minority Leader, said “We support Utah families. We are excited to know that same sex couples are no longer in legal limbo, and have a chance to be made whole with the legal recognition of their unions. We encourage our Attorney General and Governor to move forward, confirming these spouses’ rights to their children and each other. Today is a day to celebrate.

 

“We understand that this decision did not come lightly, from Judge Shelby all the way to the Supreme Court. We are proud to come from a state of such growing diversity, and hope that, in this decision, we can respect and support people of differing views. We are all a human family, a Utah family, and now we are a legally united one.”

 

 

 

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